Nature Challenge

A friend recently challenged several of us to photograph nature around us and share it with others. Here are some selections from my part of the world. πŸ™‚

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Until next time,
Happy Quilting

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A Valentine’s Walk-About

We haven’t been doing much traveling lately, but we did a morning trip to the very southern end of the Willamette Valley to the quaint town of Cottage Grove.

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The historic Main Street is probably most famous for the parade scene at the end of the movie, “Animal House”. The core of the district is about three blocks long and hasn’t changed much since filming days. πŸ™‚ The town leaders have kept the charm and are refreshing the faded murals and adding more.

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The mural of silent film star Buster Keaton greets you as you enter downtown. He starred in “The General” way back when and lived in the Cottage Grove Hotel during the six months of filming. Now the hotel houses some apartments in the upper levels and a fantastic restaurant called Buster’s Main Street CafeΒ in the street level. Trust me when I say it is worth the drive! Stuffed French Toast with candied bacon, Eggs Benedict and Elk Shank Ossobuco are just a few of our favorites!

But I digress….. πŸ™‚ Β Cottage Grove is a charming place to spend some time.

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There is even a quilt store within these historic blocks! Pandora’s Box is full of fabric treasures and today I picked up these. The seascape is one of the new laser printed fabrics, which looks just like a photograph (these pictures really don’t do the fabric justice!).

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Truly a fun morning with Hubby! Hope you have a sweet weekend.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting

 

Rowing Across The Desert

One advantage to traveling alone is you can stop whenever and where ever you want! So of course I planned a few Row by Row Experience stops. πŸ™‚

First stop: The Stitchin’ Post quilt shop, home of the world’s largest outdoor quilt show. The Sisters Quilt Show celebrated it’s 40th show this year and I missed it again! It’s always on the second Saturday of July and I seem to always have a conflict, but it is definitely on my bucket list.

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However, I did get to pick up the free row pattern for this. I know Hubby will like this one because of the fish! πŸ™‚

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There are three shops in Bend participating in the Row by Row, so I started at the south end with BJ’s Quilt Basket. Notice the sidewalk design at the store entrance. πŸ˜‰

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They have created a beautiful row featuring Sparks Lake in the Cascade Mountains. The kit is all laser cut and ready to fuse on the background fabric.

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They even framed a row for a wall hanging, which I may try to do. πŸ™‚

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The second shop was “new to me” and I will definitely go back some time! πŸ™‚

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Sew Many Quilts looks small on the outside, but is quite big and has many hanging samples designed to inspire!

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Silly me, I thought I had taken a picture of their row, but didn’t, so I have borrowed one from their website to show you.

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Just before leaving Bend, I popped into Quiltworks. It’s a nice shop with an ever-changing quilt gallery upstairs.

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With the Bend shops behind me, I headed east to Burns. If you haven’t visited Country Lane Quilts, you might find it hard to believe that this shop in the middle of Oregon has more than 7000 bolts of fabric! (Yes, you read that right!)

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I also can’t believe I forgot to take pictures inside this store, but I guess I got to visiting about their remodeling job and…well, here is their row (borrowed from the Oregon RxR page):

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I really wanted to try and make it all the way across Oregon to Nyssa before the day was done and the shop there closed, but I traveled with a thunderstorm and heavy rains until I reached the Idaho border AND I forgot about the time change!! Oh well, at least I made it to Boise by nightfall. πŸ™‚

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

Mission Complete!

Five quilt shops visits behind us, we continued south on I-5 to Jacksonville to relax and discover more great food. πŸ™‚ All that hopping in and out of shops made us a tad hungry, so when we approached Grants Pass and saw a sign for this, we couldn’t resist!

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I know what you’re thinking…”that’s great food?!?” Well, it can be when you have been deprived of this fast food for months and months! πŸ˜‰ All eight Wendy’s in the Southern Willamette valley were closed after the owner stopped paying franchise fees. My quilting group is still trying to find an alternative to their tasty salads for quilt night! After a “Wendy’s fix”‘ we were back on the road.

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When we arrived at Jacksonville it was nearly 100-degrees F (why do we always go when we are having a hot spell??) so we went directly to our hotel to check in. This time we tried the Wine Country Inn, which also owns the historic McCully House we stayed at two years ago. A lovely room (suite actually) and I could have just moved in! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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The hotel grounds were just as nice and relaxing as the room.

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To be honest, we didn’t walk around town very much. Between the heat and the fact I had tweaked my back earlier in the week (too bad I couldn’t take the whirlpool tub home), we just visited one shop. Dare I tell you it was a quilt shop? LOL! The owner did give us a wonderful suggestion for dinner, though, so we headed over to the Back Porch Bar and Grill (formerly known as Back Porch BBQ).

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As you might expect, it has an Old West decor, but as you step in the door you are surrounded by old cowboy boots!

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Food was great. I had a crisp, refreshing salad loaded with goodies and Hubby had what he declared the best brisket he has ever had. I tried it and it really did practically melt in your mouth! (Sorry Foodies, I was too eager to eat and forgot to take pics).

The next day for breakfast we went to the Mustard Seed. We sat inside this time which was fun because of the quirky decor.

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I did remember to take pics of the food this time! (Just not very good ones.) Hubby had a dish that is basically eggs Benedict on hash browns instead of English muffins. I had a ham & cheese scramble. πŸ™‚

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Where else do you get cookies with your bill? They were delish!

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A great weekend for sure, it just ended too soon!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting πŸ™‚

One Row At a Time

In my last post I told you Hubby and I had several goals for our great weekend escape. After starting with fuel for the road, we headed south with the plan to visit five quilt shops before reaching Jacksonville. (Yes, Hubby willingly visits the shops! I tell you, he is a keeper!!) πŸ™‚

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All the shops we visited are participating in the Row by Row Experience, a nationwide shop hop that gives you a free pattern for a row unique to its store. The idea is to make a quilt using at least eight rows as a souvenir of your travels.Β In addition to the free patterns, the shops sell kits to make the rows and some are selling fabric license plates, too. I have actually sewn two rows that I collected in late June, but a whole quilt? We’ll see. πŸ™‚

Our first stop was The Fabric Farm in Drain, west of Interstate 5. I love this little shop and Hubby likes their row — anything involving salmon has his attention! πŸ˜‰ I bought the kit because of the unique water fabric in it. He chose the red salmon.

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We took the scenic back roads to Sutherlin to visit Chicks and a Rooster, a fun shop that is celebrating it’s two year anniversary! For the most part I am not buying the kits but I have to say, the adorable sand fabric sold me on getting kit here! Lol

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The next little shop is so worth going the extra mile to get there! Sew Cute Quilting and Fabric Boutique is tucked in the shadows of a lumber mill just south of Dillard.

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A little tricky to find, but so friendly and a surprisingly good selection of fabric! Β We found some fishing fabric that caught Hubby’s eye and when he suggests buying something, how can I say no!?! πŸ˜‰

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Plus, they have a really cute Row by Row display.

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And they had some really wonderful water fabrics! Did I tell you the RxR theme this year is H2O?DSC_0619

Our final stop actually included two shops, just a block apart in Myrtle Creek located a mile or so off Interstate 5. First up, The Rustic Rooster. The last time I was here, they were in the small space next door, which is now their classroom and the retail shop is on the corner.

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Most of the shops have the fabric license plates, pins, and official “row by row” fabrics, but Rustic Rooster also had small rulers! The 6.5″x2.5″ is the perfect size to keep by your sewing machine for trimming!

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Finally, we visited a new shop, Everything Sew Nice.

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It is a Bernina dealership and carries a small, but nice assortment of fabric. They also carry a large selection of the AccuQuilt Cutters and templates. Fun to watch them cut, but not sure I can justify the expense right now!

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They used the AccuQuilt to create their row kits, so some of it is ready to fuse onto your row.

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With the shop-hopping part of the weekend done, it’s time to concentrate on our other two goals: good food and relaxation, so onward to Jacksonville!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚

Fuel for the Road

Sometimes you just need to get away! It has been two years since Hubby and I had a “Chore Revolt”, so we decided to do it again and when there is a nationwide Shop Hop going on, it’s easy to manipulate Β  plan a course that meanders our way south to Jacksonville.

The goals for this weekend were simple:

1) Visit quilt shops participating in the Row by Row Experience
2) Eat fabulous food
3) RELAX!

Our first stop…One of our favorites.

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About 20 minutes south of Eugene, the Creswell Bakery is the brainchild of culinary expert Heidi Tunnell and her husband. It is local, local, local! And delicious. πŸ™‚

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In addition to bakery items, you can buy meat raised on the owners farm.

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They also carry some unique gourmet treats – locally made ketchups, oils, and these finishing salts harvested on the Oregon coast not too far from Lewis & Clark’s salt works.

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The bakery is located in an old church and serves a lovely breakfast. Hubby had an egg scramble that included a roasted chili paste and I had lemon curd/blueberry French toast. Unfortunately, I was so excited to eat I forgot to take photos. (And I call myself a foodie! 😦 )

We did get a dozen donut holes for the road. Warning – they really are closer to the size of donuts! Here is the lone survivor:

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We actually brought five of them home to share with our son, but the dog thinks they are bites of Heaven, too!!

Next stop…quilt shops!

Until then,

Happy Quilting!

 

 

Row by Row Experience Kicks Off

I have been waiting for this day since last summer! Today marks the official start of the 2015 Row by Row Experience…this time with a water theme and MANY more shops!!

Even on Father’s Day my Hubby agreed to stop by an area quilt shop (although his limit was one today! Lol) so I could kick off our my adventure. πŸ˜‰

Most shops are offering personalized license plates and that is how I am choosing the shops I will visit this summer during my travels. Here is my first one from Piece by Piece:

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Each participating shop has created a row pattern and offers it for free and most have created kits you can buy to duplicate the row. This is a picture of the completed row for the pattern I got today:

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I have a little something different in mind for my row quilt, using coordinated fabrics, so I didn’t buy the row kit. Last year I collected nine rows and license plates. This summer I am sure I can get more as I travel the Northwest. I have even recruited some fellow shop hoppers to join the adventure, much to the Hubby’s relief! Now to plot our course…..

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!